If you see a driver who seems to be drinking and driving, you can report the information to law enforcement anonymously. This way, you may be able to lead the police to stop the driver, search for open alcohol, and request a breathalyzer test. Alternatively, you can contact Crime Stoppers to report a suspected drunk driver.
If you’ve ever seen a driver driving under the influence, call 911 right away. This is a very important step, as drunk drivers kill thousands of innocent people every year. You could save a life by reporting them, and there’s no reason to be embarrassed. Just report the driver with the vehicle’s license plate number and contact information. Don’t feel guilty about reporting a suspected drunk driver – after all, you wouldn’t hesitate to report someone with a loaded gun. And while a drunk driver is no less dangerous than a gun, he or she is a risk to your own life.
Another great thing about Crime Stoppers is that it doesn’t reveal the caller’s identity, so they can’t monitor your conversation. Your information is only shared with the police investigator, so you’re guaranteed complete anonymity. And if the police arrest you after you call, they’ll pay you a reward – usually cash. This money comes from concerned citizens and businesses and is distributed to tipsters. You can choose to accept the reward or not.
The Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, including those made by police to investigate suspected drunk driving. In such cases, officers must have a reasonable suspicion to make the stop, which may not be possible without a warrant. In addition, police cannot search your car without a warrant unless they can prove you’re guilty of drunk driving.
In determining whether a tip is valid, the court considers three different factors: the specificity of the allegation; the tip’s source; and the reasonableness of the tip. The first criterion is satisfied when the tipster makes specific allegations of dangerous conduct or drunk driving. In the case of the Navarette tip, the allegation of drunk driving was conclusory and lacked basis. In addition, the tip did not identify the tipster.